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Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Prof Eugene Krasovskii visits ICN2 to talk about the origin of non-magnetic surfaces with strong spin-orbit interaction

Recently discovered materials possessing 2D electron gases with strong spin-orbit interaction have opened a new playground in physics.

In an ICN2 Seminar held in February 21, Prof Eugene Krasovskii, from the Universidad del Pais Vasco, Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and IKERBASQUE, presented a new microscopic model to explain the origin of the spin structure of non-magnetic surfaces with strong spin-orbit interaction. The model is applied to simulate angle-and spin resolved photoemission spectra. The Seminar was hosted by Dr Aitor Mugarza, Leader of the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group.

 

Recently discovered materials possessing 2D electron gases with strong spin-orbit interaction have opened a new playground in physics. The entanglement between spin and orbital momentum in these

systems lead to unique quantum behaviour that can be exploited to achieve spin and charge currents without heat dissipation, and to manipulate the spin with electrical currents. Such predictions represent an ideal platform to build future all-electric spintronic nanodevices that could lead to a technological breakthrough. However, the microscopic origin of the phenomena related to the spin-orbit interaction is still not well understood.

Read the Seminar Abstract